Publication: Scramble City

Scramble City is a visual essay by Lada Hršak, Michiel van Iersel, Dieuwertje Komen and Neeltje ten Westenend. It presents a fragmented journey through a fragmented urban landscape filled with good intentions.

In the autumn of 2010 they were part of a group of 20 architects, urban designers, artists, designers and writers that travelled to the Balkans (Skopje, Priština, Tirana), Marseille, the North of England (Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool) and the Basque region (Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz).

This ninth Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture study trip was entitled What’s Up,What’s Down: Cultural Catalysts in Urban Space and investigated the urban transformations of the last several decades in these European secondary cities

This cahier is part of a series of four cahiers, each providing its own account of the study trip What’s Up, What’s Down: Cultural Catalysts in Urban Space, examining cultural politics in European secondary cities, organized in 2010 by the former Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

The series includes the four following titles: ‘Claiming Visibility: The Politics of Public Art’,‘Scramble City: Cross-section of a Fictitious Secondary City’,‘Balkan in de Polder. Naar organische gebiedsontwik- keling in Nederland?’ and ‘Lelysteden’. All four cahiers can be ordered from the Mondriaan Fund.

More information on themes and trip objectives, as well as a weblog by trip participants, can be found at

Editors: Linda Vlassenrood, Neeltje ten Westenend
Project texts: Tijs van den Boomen Lada Hršak Michiel van Iersel Arnold Reijndorp
Essay: Robert Grimm
Photography: Dieuwertje Komen, Neeltje ten Westenend
Design: Julie Peeters
Map: Lada Hršak
Advisors: Tijs van den Boomen, Anne Hoogewoning and Arnold Reijndorp
Translation: InOtherWords, Pierre Bouvier
English copy editing: InOtherWords, D’Laine Camp
Printer: Mart.Spruijt BV
ISBN 978-90-76936-31-4